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St. Louis County, MO (KSDK) - After Missouri placed 12th in the nation in obesity in a report released Monday by theCenters for Disease Control, our NewsChannel 5 producers wanted to know what's being done locally to fight this problem.

Several school districts have turned to technology to combat child obesity. Rockwood schools are using the site mynutrikids.com, which allows parents to review three weeks of school menus with their kids - last week, this week and next week.

Parents can talk about making good decisions once in the lunch line. And while the children use a finger ID system to check out at school, mom and dad can go online and see what their little ones choose to eat.

"It'll have some effect, I don't know how much that's gonna affect our rank," said Tara Todd, a registered dietician at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

So what will?

"Parents really understanding what a portion is, parents and families serving five fruits and vegetables a day, following the dietary guidelines is really, really important for us because our kids are not obese, their parents are obese," Todd said.

Dietary restrictions have changed over the years, especially since First Lady Michelle Obama started her 'Let's Move' campaign. If you want to know more about the program, visit ChooseMyPlate.gov.

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